Book Review

Graphic Novel Book Review: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: Young adult contemporary romance
Length: 209 pages
Author: Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: August 27th, 2019
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?


This was my very first graphic novel! I lucked out with a great choice and it was really easy to read on my Kindle Fire. I had borrowed it from my library and love the way it worked digitally.

I thought this story was super cute. I flew through it in truly less than an hour (definitely a downfall of graphic novels). I wish it was so much longer!

For the length I thought the development of characters and plot were pretty solid. I was immediately caught into their world and following them around the pumpkin patch. It was easy to be immersed in all things fall.

The plot is really simple and I think it’s a great starting point for anyone interested in trying out a graphic novel. The romance was precious and I was waiting for them to get together. It was also about finding who you want to be and about the power of a good friendship.

The illustrations were beautiful and the colors brought everything to life. It’s a warm, feel-good story that made me happy to read.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult graphic novel
  • Language: none
  • Romance: a kiss

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